swelling

noun

swell·​ing ˈswe-liŋ How to pronounce swelling (audio)
1
: something that is swollen
specifically : an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement
2
: the condition of being swollen

Examples of swelling in a Sentence

There was a swelling above her eye. The swelling around her eye should subside in a few days.
Recent Examples on the Web Other symptoms like pain or prolonged swelling may be a sign of an infection.1 Some people develop an alpha-gal allergy, or alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), in response to the bite of a lone star tick. Maria Masters, Health, 9 June 2024 This can cause symptoms like the 29-year-old experienced, including muscle pains, fever, facial swelling, sensitivity to light, eye infections, rashes, headaches and chills, according to Healthline. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 24 May 2024 While wearing these socks in her second and third trimesters, our editor didn’t experience any swelling in her legs, ankles, or feet. Laura Lu, Ms, Parents, 21 May 2024 An abrupt cut observes Adi returning home, his handsome face mangled with bruises, cuts and swellings and his body covered in more bruises. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for swelling 

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of swelling was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Swelling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swelling. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

swelling

noun
swell·​ing
ˈswel-iŋ
1
: something that is swollen
especially : a swollen part of the body
2
: the condition of being swollen

Medical Definition

swelling

noun
swell·​ing ˈswel-iŋ- How to pronounce swelling (audio)
: an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement
an inflammatory swelling

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